[Taipei] To be honest, Jack & NaNa wasn’t on my immediate-to-visit list in Taipei because it was under-the-radar.

When I asked the barista from another cafe to recommend one place for good coffee, she went straight for this.

I took a cab right after.

Located at Linyi Street Zhongzheng District, Jack & NaNa Coffee Store is that lovely little coffee shop, that hole-in-the-wall that offers house-roasted coffee.

Jack was there, and he left his marks all around from cute caricatures to photos.

I asked the female staff if she was Nana. She quickly shook her head, ”NaNa is not in today.” I didn’t get to establish the relationship between the two.

The ambience would be what I describe as “文清”, lingering with the mood similar to a quiet bookstore.

I picked up some random books from the shelf, and all seemed to have a common theme of love and self-help. The what-to-do-after-a-breakup type of books.

There were a few other individuals at various corners, reading, not even on their mobiles. An elderly woman was having an Earl Grey Cake, and asked if she could buy the entire dessert home after having a slice.

This is one of the most popular coffee shops in the neighbourhood, simply because their coffee is of good quality and reasonably priced.

You can drink your coffee inside, have it on their dog-friendly terrace, or take it to go.

The baristas are happy to share everything there is to know about the coffee making process. Expect to hear soft Jazz music in the background while watching the baristas prepare your cup of coffee.

I flipped to the first page of the coffee menu. 18 different types of Pour Over Coffee, with beans from Costa Rica, Panama to Burundi. Amazing at how they are dedicated to their craft.

I had an Iced Latte (NT$100, SGD4.50), of light roasted coffee, well-balanced and gently smooth.

They serve up two types of cheesecake, a New York Cheesecake (NT$100, SGD4.50) provided by Little Explosions Sweets Studio; and a Baked Tea Cheeecake (NT$90, SGD4.00) making a suitable pairing with coffee with its non-rich texture and delicate tea fragrance.

Jack & NaNa Coffee Store has imposed a minimum order of a cup of coffee, and 3 hours limit – which is fine because the space is space.

I would recommend it for those who want a reasonably good cup of coffee, and enjoy some unhurried self-reflection time.

The closest MRT station is Zhongxiao Xinsheng station (exit 5), and the shop is located about a 3-minute walk away.

Jack & NaNa Coffee Store
No. 36, Lane 33, Linyi Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 (Near Zhongxiao Xinsheng station, Exit 5)
Tel: +886 2 2394 7316
Opening Hours: 11 – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 1pm – 8pm (Sat, Sun, PH).
The store takes occasional Saturdays Off – check their Facebook for updates.
Google Maps – Jack & NaNa Coffee Store

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